Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in domestic sheep in Belgium

D Verhelst, S De Craeye, M Vanrobaeys, G Czaplicki, P. Dorny, E Cox

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    Even though infected sheep are a potential source of Toxoplasma gondii infection in humans, information is lacking concerning the seroprevalence of T. gondii infection in sheep in Belgium. We examined 3170 serum samples for anti-Toxoplasma IgG in sheep by total lysate antigen (TLA) enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). IgG to T. gondii was demonstrated in 87.4% of the tested sheep and in 96.2% of the 209 tested flocks. The seroprevalences in Antwerp (65.2%) and Wallonia (68.6%) are statistically lower than in the other regions in Belgium (96.7-97.8%) (P<0.05). The present study is the first report that analyzed the prevalence of T. gondii infection in sheep in Belgium and confirms the high prevalence of Toxoplasma-specific IgG antibodies in the sheep population.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalVeterinary Parasitology
    Issue number1-2
    Pages (from-to)57-61
    Number of pages5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Animals
    • Antibodies, Protozoan
    • Belgium
    • Immunoglobulin G
    • Seroepidemiologic Studies
    • Sheep
    • Sheep Diseases
    • Toxoplasma
    • Toxoplasmosis, Animal
    • Journal Article
    • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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